Let the Fringe begin!

We kicked off this year’s Chelsea Fringe [the “alternative gardening festival”] with some herbal tea blending and tasting at the Wilton Estate Community Garden. The green space had received an injection of greenery with lots of planting done by some 50 Give and Gain volunteers the previous day! With the sun coming out and a hoard of fresh herbs to taste, it was going to be a lovely day.

We had a fresh herb collection of feverfew, lemon verbena, calendula, lemon balm, peppermint, ginger mint and yerba buena at the ready. To ease everyone into the morning, we brewed up a first batch of spring nettles and cleavers. It reminds me of green tea but without the dry mouth and caffeinated feeling afterwards. Lovely!

Dried nettle and cleavers brew.

Next we created a more uplifting blend to match the weather of the day, consisting of lemon balm, peppermint and lemon verbena speckled with fantastically bright flecks of calendula petals! A refreshing brew that we suspect would go down well as long, cool iced tea drink. In fact, this blend helped to mask the more bitter undertones of feverfew. We also brewed up a mint-mix which is always a winner!

Nat stirring things up..
Nat stirring things up..

The next herbal tea blend and brew will happen next Sunday [31st May] at Dalston Eastern Curve’s Herbal Health Bar launch so pop by if you’re keen to see what Hackney Herbal have in store that day! If you can’t make it, then don’t despair! We have lots of events in the pipeline for 2015 so keep your eyes peeled for updates that we’ll post on here.

In the meantime…happy herbaling!

Lemon balm, peppermint, lemon verbena and calendula fresh blend!
Lemon balm, peppermint, lemon verbena and calendula fresh blend!

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